Cruz, Bar­dem to star in Ira­nian di­rec­tor Farhadi’s new film

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Os­car-win­ning Spanish ac­tors Pene­lope Cruz and Javier Bar­dem will star in a new film set in Spain by Ira­nian di­rec­tor As­ghar Farhadi, Cruz said in an in­ter­view pub­lished yes­ter­day. Farhadi, who won the for­eign-lan­guage Os­car in 2012 for “A Sep­a­ra­tion” about a mid­dle-class cou­ple’s di­vorce, is cur­rently fin­ish­ing the orig­i­nal screen­play for the movie, she told Barcelona news­pa­per La Van­guardia. “The idea is to film in Spain, we still don’t know where. It is an in­tense drama which is a gift for ac­tors. And it is a lux­ury to work for the di­rec­tor of ‘A Sep­a­ra­tion’, which is won­der­ful,” the 42-year-old ac­tress said.

The plot of the movie, which re­mains mostly un­der wraps, re­volves around a fam­ily of wine­mak­ers liv­ing in ru­ral Spain. Shoot­ing is ex­pected to be­gin next year. Cruz and Bar­dem, who were mar­ried in the Ba­hamas in 2010, are cur­rently work­ing on “Es­co­bar”, a movie about Colom­bian drug lord Pablo Es­co­bar. Bar­dem plays Es­co­bar and Cruz plays his lover, jour­nal­ist Vir­ginia Vallejo, in their first film to­gether since the 2008 Woody Allen ro­man­tic com­edy “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”. — AFP

Cruz said it was “in­cred­i­ble” that the cou­ple have the chance to work to­gether once again in Farhadi’s new film. “No one planned it. And we are not go­ing to work to­gether in ev­ery­thing, but if things come up (for both of us) and they make sense, why not?” Cruz won a sup­port­ing-ac­tress Os­car for her role in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”. Bar­dem, 47, won a sup­port­ing-ac­tor Os­car for the 2007 crime thriller “No Coun­try for Old Men”. The cou­ple first met while film­ing “Ja­mon, Ja­mon” in 1992, one of Cruz’s first films.

Pene­lope Cruz and Javier Bar­dem

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